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CHC53315
Diploma of Mental health

Course overview

Gain skills and knowledge for future job prospects in Australia's growing mental health sector.

Purpose Counselling Studio

Australia is currently facing a mental health crisis, with not enough workers to meet the demand for support.

Increased funding and support are helping the sector to add essential resources, services, and online training for frontline staff. But at the same time, we need more qualified Mental Health Workers to ensure vulnerable Australians have access to the support in the near and distant future. 

And that’s where you come in. 

The CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to work in the mental health sector. You will learn how to assess and manage risk, provide support for people with complex mental health issues, and promote positive mental health outcomes.

Join One of Australia’s Highest Growing Job Sector 

1,809,700 people currently working in the mental health sector

250,000+ new jobs in the mental health sector by 2025

$2.3 Billion Investment Into Mental Health & Suicide Prevention. 

CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health

The CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health will allow you to gain skills to provide services to people suffering from mental health. With this qualification you can support, counsel, refer and advocate positive outcomes for individual clients and communities suffering from complex mental health issues.

In this course you’ll learn to:

  • Work with people with mental health issues 
  • Communicate with diverse groups of people from various social and cultural backgrounds
  • Understand the legal and ethical frameworks in the Australian Mental Health Health Sector 
  • Learn to create early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs
  • Provide counselling and support to people affected by domestic and family violence, trauma coexisting mental illness and drug addiction
  • Work collaboratively with a network of care services available to mental health suffers

By studying with TrainSmart Australia, you’ll be presented with many opportunities to develop and practice your counselling and communication skills before entering the workplace.  

Study the Diploma of Community Services - Case Management - (CHC52015) with TrainSmart Australia

Study online through our Purpose Practical
Studio.

160 Hours Work Placement

1 on 1 Trainer Support

20 Units of Competency

By studying this course online, you’ll be assigned your own trainer and have the opportunity to join our interactive classes via videoconferencing. 

Our classes provide a fun and interactive setting to learn and develop your skills alongside like-minded students. 

TrainSmart Australia students also have access to our Purpose Practical Studio service, to complete practical assessments.

Purpose Practicals provides our students with a safe environment to demonstrate practical counselling skills within a simulated environment. Our studio is also equipped with videoconferencing equipment to support E-counselling sessions for trainee counsellors.

As part of this course, you must complete 160 hours of work placement. TrainSmart Australia has a team of work placement coordinators that can assist you in finding placement opportunities to fulfil your required hours.

Course Structure

To achieve the CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health at TrainSmart Australia you must successfully complete 20 units of competency. 

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to maintain health and wellbeing by preventing and managing personal stress. This unit applies to work in a range of health and community services settings, in particular work roles that operate in high stress situations and circumstances.
 

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development. This unit applies to workers in all industry sectors who take pro-active responsibility for their own professional development.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish relationships, clarify needs, and then work collaboratively with people who are living with mental health issues. This unit applies to support workers in contexts outside the mental health sector, but who come into contact with people with mental health issues. The services and support provided are not mental health specific.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. This unit applies to all workers.

The unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety issues in the workplace, model cultural safety in own work practice, and develop strategies to enhance cultural safety. This unit applies to people working in a broad range of roles including those involved in direct client service, program planning, development and evaluation contexts.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop and conduct early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs focussing on mental health and wellbeing. This unit applies to work with people with mental illness in a range of community services work contexts.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively with individuals to assess, promote and review all aspects of wellbeing. This unit applies to work with people living with mental illness in a range of community services work contexts.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess capacity to support people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues and to work collaboratively to provide support and facilitate links to other services. This unit applies to work with people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs (AOD) assessments in a range of community services work contexts.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish the information need, gather information and critically analyse the information for relevance to own work. This unit applies to health and community service workers who need to research existing information to support and improve their work practice. It does not cover primary research.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to advocate and ensure that government, community and organisational systems broadly support and uphold human rights. This unit applies to workers in a health, community services or advocacy settings who undertake a leadership role in influencing social and system changes. Workers at this level will also advocate for change and continuous improvement at the organisational level to improve client outcomes and service quality.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively with a person with mental illness and/or AOD issues to establish a basis for participation of family and carers in their individual recovery process and to facilitate ongoing participation in line with the person’s needs and wishes. This unit applies to work with people with mental illness and/or AOD issues.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use counselling and facilitation skills to explore client issues and identify possible options by providing a safe and supportive environment. It includes encouraging clients to be actively involved in seeking their own solutions. This unit applies to individuals whose job role involves working with clients on personal and psychological issues associated with domestic and family violence within established policies, procedures and guidelines.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake case management meetings to plan, monitor and review service provision. Workers at this level work autonomously and are responsible for own outputs within organisation guidelines. This unit applies to work in a range of health and community services contexts.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to promote trauma informed care, and to develop strategies to address people’s specific trauma needs. Trauma informed care involves providing services that are informed by the knowledge and understanding of the impact of trauma, in particular interpersonal violence and varying service practice to reduce the likelihood of re-traumatisation. This unit applies to work with people with mental illness in a range of community services work contexts.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support a person living with mental illness to develop recovery wellness plans and advanced directives. These plans outline the person’s preferences and plans to maintain wellness and to direct actions and support strategies should they become unwell. This unit applies to work with people with mental illness in a range of community services work contexts. Use of the term ‘advanced directive’ may vary between states and territories.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish, maintain and evaluate work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area, according to WHS legislative requirements. This unit applies to workers who have responsibility for WHS as part of their role, including workers with obligations under WHS legislation, persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs), or their officers (as defined by relevant legislation).
 

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to promote the principles of recovery oriented practice, and to establish and confirm self-directed recovery relationships with people with mental illness. This unit applies to work with people living with a mental illness in a range of community services work contexts.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively in providing services to implement a range of strategies as part of recovery oriented service provision for people with mental illness. This unit applies to work with people living with mental illness in a range of community services work contexts.

This unit describes the skills knowledge required to work collaboratively with the care network and other potential services for a person with mental illness. This work provides a recovery oriented practice approach, involving a variety of health and community service professionals working collaboratively with the person and their care network. This unit applies to work with people living with mental illness in a range of community services work contexts.

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and respond to issues of complexity when supporting people living with mental illness and their care networks. The unit is based on a strengths-based approach and acknowledges that complexity is not a characteristic of an individual. Complexity may be impacted by a range of interactions between the worker, the organisation and the environmental context. This unit applies to work with people living with mental illness in a range of community services work contexts.

What jobs can I apply for after achieving this
qualification?

Case Manager

Salary: $85k
4,833 jobs on SEEK right now
Job Satisfaction: 4/5 stars

Support Worker

Salary: $60k
7, 383 jobs on SEEK right now
Job Satisfaction: 4/5 stars

Program Service Manager

Salary: $80k
413 jobs on SEEK right now
Job Satisfaction: 4/5 stars

Why study with TrainSmart Australia?

1. Ranked #1 Mental Health Course Provider

In 2020-21 TrainSmart Australia was ranked the Top Private Training Organisations to offer the CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health, based on key quality indicators including, student support, progression and completions and overall satisfaction.

2. Quality Trainers

Learn alongside our professional training team, selected for their wealth of experience and knowledge in their chosen subject areas.

3. Free Career Counseling

All our students have access to free career counselling from our trained career advisers, who’ll guide you in your course selection and work placement according to your background, prior knowledge and career aspirations.

4. Extensive Student Support

Our Trainers and Student Support team are committed to seeing our students succeed by giving regular support and check-ins to ensure progress through this course.

About TrainSmart Australia.

TrainSmart Australia has provided leading education since 2005. All our courses are approved, accredited, and nationally recognised by both the government and relevant industry bodies, which means you’ll be ready to hit the ground running.

We pride ourselves on our stellar reputation and commitment to helping our students get their foot in the door of their chosen industry. 

Frequently Asked Questions

TrainSmart Australia has been running since 2005 and has spent the last decade building up the best reputation in Australia as one of the top Mental Health Training organisations. 

Unlike other colleges, TrainSmart Australia offers high-end support to our students with globally experienced trainers.

We keep our online classes small, so that we can focus on giving you a one-on-one training experience, to help you become work-ready for Australia’s mental health sector. 

TrainSmart Australia will assess a student’s ‘academic suitability’ to ensure the student has the best chance of success. This is determined by either:

  • The student providing TrainSmart Australia with a copy of an Australian year 12 certificate; or,
  • The student providing TrainSmart Australia with a copy of a Certificate IV qualification (or above) that can be verified or,
  • The student completing the Core Skills Profile for Adults online assessment passing at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy.

Please note, we are unable to enrol international students at this time. 

This qualification is a 12 month long course with opportunities to extend, if required.

Absolutely! This course is nationally recognised and can be used anywhere in Australia!

To achieve this Diploma within the 12 month time-frame study the Diploma you will need to commit 20-25 hours per week towards completing your course work. 

TrainSmart Australia also offers students the chance to extend their course duration, if more time is required to complete the course. 

Each unit will require students to complete 3 types of assessments. These include knowledge based questions, case studies and a practical assessment which test your ability to demonstrate and provide evidence of the skills you’ve learned in each unit.

TrainSmart Australia have a team of work placement coordinators who assist students in finding placement organisation to complete their required hours. 

We can help students in selecting and contacting a suitable organisation  on their behalf as well as providing on-going support during placement.

CHC53315
Diploma of Mental Health

Ranked #1 Mental Health Course Provider in Australia for 2021.

Course Overview

Study the CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health

The CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health will allow you to gain skills to provide services to people suffering from mental health. With this qualification you can support, counsel, refer and advocate positive mental health outcomes for individual clients and communities.

In this course you’ll learn to:

  • Work with people with mental health issues 
  • Communicate with diverse groups of people from various social and cultural backgrounds 
  • Understand legal and ethical frameworks in the mental health sector
  • Learn to create early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs
  • Provide counselling and support to people affected by domestic and family violence, trauma coexisting mental illness and drug addiction
  • Work collaboratively with a network of care services available to mental health suffers

By studying with TrainSmart Australia, you’ll be presented with many opportunities to develop and practice your counselling and communication skills before entering the workplace.  

160 Hours
Work Placement

1 on 1 Trainer Support

20 Units of Competency

Study online through our Purpose Counselling Studio

By studying this course online, you’ll be assigned your own trainer and have the opportunity to join our interactive classes via videoconferencing. 

Our classes provide a fun and interactive setting to learn and develop your skills alongside like-minded students. 

TrainSmart Australia students also have access to our Purpose Counselling Studio service, to complete practical assessments.

Purpose Counselling provides our students with a safe environment to demonstrate practical counselling skills within a simulated environment. Our studio is also equipped with videoconferencing equipment to support E-counselling sessions for trainee counsellors.

As part of this course, you must complete 160 hours of work placement. TrainSmart Australia has a team of work placement coordinators that can assist you in finding placement opportunities to fulfil your required hours.

Course Structure

To achieve the CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health at TrainSmart Australia you must successfully complete 20 units.

Your learning is structured to teach you the theoretical components of each unit and also prepare you for your practical assessments.  

Approximately 2-3 weeks are spent on each unit, as directed by your own trainer. 

Manage personal stressors in the work environment

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to maintain health and wellbeing by preventing and managing personal stress. This unit applies to work in a range of health and community services settings, in particular work roles that operate in high stress situations and circumstances.

Reflect on and improve own professional practice

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to evaluate and enhance own practice through a process of reflection and ongoing professional development. This unit applies to workers in all industry sectors who take pro-active responsibility for their own professional development.

Work with people with mental health issues

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish relationships, clarify needs, and then work collaboratively with people who are living with mental health issues. This unit applies to support workers in contexts outside the mental health sector, but who come into contact with people with mental health issues. The services and support provided are not mental health specific.

Work with diverse people
This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work respectfully with people from diverse social and cultural groups and situations, including Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander people. This unit applies to all workers.

Promote Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety

The unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander cultural safety issues in the workplace, model cultural safety in own work practice, and develop strategies to enhance cultural safety. This unit applies to people working in a broad range of roles including those involved in direct client service, program planning, development and evaluation contexts.

Provide early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to develop and conduct early intervention, health prevention and promotion programs focussing on mental health and wellbeing. This unit applies to work with people with mental illness in a range of community services work contexts.

Assess and promote social, emotional and physical wellbeing

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively with individuals to assess, promote and review all aspects of wellbeing. This unit applies to work with people living with mental illness in a range of community services work contexts.

Provide services to people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to assess capacity to support people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs issues and to work collaboratively to provide support and facilitate links to other services. This unit applies to work with people with co-existing mental health and alcohol and other drugs (AOD) assessments in a range of community services work contexts.

Research and apply evidence to practice

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish the information need, gather information and critically analyse the information for relevance to own work. This unit applies to health and community service workers who need to research existing information to support and improve their work practice. It does not cover primary research.

Provide systems advocacy services

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to advocate and ensure that government, community and organisational systems broadly support and uphold human rights. This unit applies to workers in a health, community services or advocacy settings who undertake a leadership role in influencing social and system changes. Workers at this level will also advocate for change and continuous improvement at the organisational level to improve client outcomes and service quality.

Facilitate the recovery process with the person, family and carers

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively with a person with mental illness and/or AOD issues to establish a basis for participation of family and carers in their individual recovery process and to facilitate ongoing participation in line with the person’s needs and wishes. This unit applies to work with people with mental illness and/or AOD issues.

Counsel clients affected by domestic and family violence

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to use counselling and facilitation skills to explore client issues and identify possible options by providing a safe and supportive environment. It includes encouraging clients to be actively involved in seeking their own solutions. This unit applies to individuals whose job role involves working with clients on personal and psychological issues associated with domestic and family violence within established policies, procedures and guidelines.

Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to undertake case management meetings to plan, monitor and review service provision. Workers at this level work autonomously and are responsible for own outputs within organisation guidelines. This unit applies to work in a range of health and community services contexts.

Implement trauma informed care

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to promote trauma informed care, and to develop strategies to address people’s specific trauma needs. Trauma informed care involves providing services that are informed by the knowledge and understanding of the impact of trauma, in particular interpersonal violence and varying service practice to reduce the likelihood of re-traumatisation. This unit applies to work with people with mental illness in a range of community services work contexts.

Provide support to develop wellness plans and advanced directives

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to support a person living with mental illness to develop recovery wellness plans and advanced directives. These plans outline the person’s preferences and plans to maintain wellness and to direct actions and support strategies should they become unwell. This unit applies to work with people with mental illness in a range of community services work contexts. Use of the term ‘advanced directive’ may vary between states and territories.

Manage work health and safety

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to establish, maintain and evaluate work health and safety (WHS) policies, procedures and programs in the relevant work area, according to WHS legislative requirements. This unit applies to workers who have responsibility for WHS as part of their role, including workers with obligations under WHS legislation, persons conducting a business or undertaking (PCBUs), or their officers (as defined by relevant legislation).
 

Establish self-directed recovery relationships

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to promote the principles of recovery oriented practice, and to establish and confirm self-directed recovery relationships with people with mental illness. This unit applies to work with people living with a mental illness in a range of community services work contexts.

Provide recovery oriented mental health services

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to work collaboratively in providing services to implement a range of strategies as part of recovery oriented service provision for people with mental illness. This unit applies to work with people living with mental illness in a range of community services work contexts.

Work collaboratively with the care network and other services

This unit describes the skills knowledge required to work collaboratively with the care network and other potential services for a person with mental illness. This work provides a recovery oriented practice approach, involving a variety of health and community service professionals working collaboratively with the person and their care network. This unit applies to work with people living with mental illness in a range of community services work contexts.

Implement recovery oriented approaches to complexity

This unit describes the skills and knowledge required to identify and respond to issues of complexity when supporting people living with mental illness and their care networks. The unit is based on a strengths-based approach and acknowledges that complexity is not a characteristic of an individual. Complexity may be impacted by a range of interactions between the worker, the organisation and the environmental context. This unit applies to work with people living with mental illness in a range of community services work contexts.

What jobs can I apply for after achieving this qualification?

Case Manager

Salary: $85k
4,833 Jobs on SEEK right now
Job Satisfaction: 4/5 stars

Support Worker

Salary: $60k
7,383 Jobs on SEEK right now
Job Satisfaction: 4/5 stars

Job insights sourced from (SEEK.com)

Why study with TrainSmart Australia?

1. Ranked #1 Mental Health Course Provider

In 2020-21 TrainSmart Australia was ranked the Top Private Training Organisations to offer the CHC53315 Diploma of Mental Health, based on key quality indicators including, student support, progression and completions and overall satisfaction.

2. Quality Trainers

Learn alongside our professional training team, selected for their wealth of experience and knowledge in their chosen subject areas.

3. Extensive Student Support

Our Trainers and Student Support team are committed to seeing our students succeed by giving regular support and check-ins to ensure progress through this course.

4. Free Career Counselling

All our students have access to free career counselling from our trained career advisers, who’ll guide you in your course selection and work placement according to your background, prior knowledge and career aspirations.

About TrainSmart Australia

TrainSmart has provided leading education since 2005. 

All our courses are approved, accredited, and nationally recognised by both the government and relevant industry bodies, which mean you’ll be ready to hit the ground running. 

We pride ourselves on our stellar reputation and commitment to helping our students get their foot in the door of their chosen industry.

Frequently Asked Questions

TrainSmart Australia has been running since 2005 and has spent the last decade building up the best reputation in Australia as one of the top Mental Health Training organisations. 

Unlike other colleges, TrainSmart Australia offers high-end support to our students with globally experienced trainers.

We keep our online classes small, so that we can focus on giving you a one-on-one training experience, to help you become work-ready for Australia’s mental health sector. 

TrainSmart Australia will assess a student’s ‘academic suitability’ to ensure the student has the best chance of success. This is determined by either:

  • The student providing TrainSmart Australia with a copy of an Australian year 12 certificate; or,
  • The student providing TrainSmart Australia with a copy of a Certificate IV qualification (or above) that can be verified or,
  • The student completing the Core Skills Profile for Adults online assessment passing at or above Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy.

Please note, we are unable to enrol international students at this time. 

This qualification is a 12 month long course with opportunities to extend, if required.

Absolutely! This course is nationally recognised and can be used anywhere in Australia!

To achieve this Diploma within the 12 month time-frame study the Diploma you will need to commit 20-25 hours per week towards completing your course work. 

TrainSmart Australia also offers students the chance to extend their course duration, if more time is required to complete the course. 

Each unit will require students to complete 3 types of assessments. These include knowledge based questions, case studies and a practical assessment which test your ability to demonstrate and provide evidence of the skills you’ve learned in each unit.

TrainSmart Australia have a team of work placement coordinators who assist students in finding placement organisation to complete their required hours. 

We can help students in selecting and contacting a suitable organisation  on their behalf as well as providing on-going support during placement.

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TrainSmart Australia 
Australian Academy of Allied Health
New Horizons Learning Centre (Perth)

Level 9 251 Adelaide Terrace
Perth WA 6000
RTO Code 51771
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